Laura - posted on 02/07/2012 ( 10 moms have responded )
Greetings, I have a 9 month old little boy, I have been trying (unsuccessfully) to get a nap routine down. He is good to cosleep, and fall asleep quickly in the car, or in my arms after nursing. I have tried to let him cry it out in his crib, and everytime I have gone in and picked him up after an hour, and he has a poopie diaper.
Last week I checked in on him after 20 minutes, and he had a poopie diaper, and so I changed him, and then we napped together. So I think when i put him down in his crib, he cries because of his poopie diaper as well as he doesn't want to miss out on the "fun". But he seems to choose that time to poop.
I have exclusively breastfed since he was less than 2 months old, which I haven't minded for the most part, but lately I've gotten a little run down, as he is super active. My husband's birthday is next month, and I really would like to get the nap/ bedtime thing down once in a while so that we can get away for the night. I thought the naps would be the first step to having him sleep in his crib a couple of nights a week, for us to have adult-time.
I haven't been consistent, as we usually run errands when I need to get out, and so there hasn't been a week that I have consistently attempted the naptim routine, but that is how I prefer it, to not be too rigid with a routine, as I am a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants individual. Is there a way to establish a routine when we are home? I have had several books recommended to me, anyone know one that works for the more flexible type? As well as, it seems everyone says not to go in and check on him and assure him it's time for a nap, what are your thoughts on that?